Monday, November 19, 2007

Adventure Hike

I like to hike. But for the most part, I like to know exactly where it starts and where it ends, and exactly where the trail is in between points A and B. I am becoming a more spontaneous person (went to Richmond twice last week at the last minute) but I wouldn't normally put spontaneous with hiking!
Matt and I knew we wanted to hike, then camp, then hike some more, and we knew the wilderness area where we wanted to do this, but we had never been there before, and thus the adventure started! We got a late start as it was about 4:30 when we started and the sun sets just after 5, so it got dark fast! The moon was nice and bright for a half moon, but with our headlamps lit, we trekked on looking for a good camping spot for the night. There were no markings for the trail (something we are used to when on the Appalachian Trail) and it was hard for us to tell if we were even on it at times! There was a creek that was not too full of water and this helped us because I think we crossed it 5 or 6 times before we saw a fire in the distance and made our way towards it, hoping to find others who could help us figure out where we were. Success! Wefound people, got back on the trail, and eventually found a great place to make a fire, have some dinner and sleep for the night!

We thought for sure that when we got up in the daylight and started hiking again it would be much easier than the night before, but we would soon be surprised...We were on the trail for a while before deciding that if we went through the bushes and maybe even across the creek again, we would be closer to a different trail- the one we wanted to get on to get back to our car...After about 3 hours of getting stabbed by prickly bushes and crossing rocks over creeks and getting our feet wet when slipping on the rocks, and finding trails but then finding the end of them, and walking straight down through the creek for a while, and looking at the map we had in our hands over and over to see what we were missing....

We finally found our way back to where we had found the people with the fire the night before! YEAH! Although we originally imagined that in daylight we would find our way so much easier, we were put in our place! It was not any easier with the sun than it had been with the moon! And when we finally made it back to our car and the main map of the whole wilderness we found out that the trail we were trying to find for those 3 hours did not exist on that map like it did on the one in our hands!! We had made our own trail! So adventurous and spontaneous! And no one got hurt!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Starbucks vs Folgers

I'm a coffee snob! I love Starbucks! This didn't happen until after I worked there for a long time and begin to truly realize the taste of good coffee ( as well as the taste of really bad coffee!). If I had not worked there I would not have been willing to pay that much for a cup to learn to love it, but because I got so much for free, my tastebuds became accustomed to the taste of really good coffee, and now it is hard to think of drinking anything but. And I think it is the same with life, we find ourselves content with folgers just because we have not found Starbucks yet. And maybe we think we give our all to something, until we see someone else who gives more than our all, and we begin to wonder if maybe we have quenched our potential simply because we don't give ourselves enough credit for what our potential may really be???? What is your potential? Where are you content with folgers when you could have Starbucks?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007


Goals are good! Setting goals to run a race makes me get up and go for a run...setting goals to hiking for 2 weeks in Jan has really made us get out and go on long hikes. Sometimes I need goals, but the gratification and the completion make it all worth it, even if I do have to set goals to make it happen. Get out, it's a beautiful world that our God has created!

Sunday, November 11, 2007


I really love middle school kids. I love when they begin thinking and processing life for themselves! I love their perspective on life! I love their simplicity. I love hanging out with them, but not entertaining them or babysitting them, just hanging out and getting to know them and getting to live life with them. Don't be so scared the next time you encounter one, they are not as bad as the reputation they seem to have!

Friday, November 9, 2007

New Things

I surprised my husband this morning! I got up early and said I was in a meeting, but I got my hair cut, I mean really cut. It was really exciting, because I was ready for a change, but more than that, I got to donate a lot of hair to a good cause, Locks of Love! Plus, I had never been to a place where I was so pampered and where everyone seemed so excited that I was there. From the initial smiles to the cup of joe, to the massage and facial, to the awesome cut, it was a nice experience, especially first thing in the morning!

Then I stopped by Starbucks and saw 4 of my old (and dearly missed) coworkers, and they are so nice and friendly, plus they gave me 2 coffees! And I do love my Starbucks!!

Then I came home to show my husband (it took him a little while to notice, even though i got about a foot cut off!) and I got a package in the mail! More new stuff. I love random shirts and I love my new Shane and Shane CD!! What a great day, and it isn't even 11am!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Gotta Run

I had every intention of running this morning...Really! Every intention when I went to sleep last night, every intention as I started to wake up this morning...but the bed was so warm and inviting...inviting me to continue in my warm, half-asleep state. Until it was finally time..time to get up and shower and start much for that run! So...I signed up for a race on Thanksgiving Day so I will have to make myself get ready for it! I like to think of myself as a fairly discplined person, but I find that I can also be a very lazy person at times...I have to let the disciplined side take control more often! Anyone want to go for a run?

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

New and Nervous

I am not a big talker, but I am a big thinker... I used to be really in to journalling, but not with the intention of others reading it, and this is what that feels like...but I am excited about it at the same time! I have found that I am really bad at keeping in touch with people, but as technology increases in our world, it makes the life of communication easier and quicker. Reading other's info and seeing pictures regularly helps the process of staying up to date and in touch without feeling like long phone calls and emails are necessary on an individual basis, where you end up saying the same things over and over to friends and family. I am not trying to hide behind the computer and cop out of being personal with others, but instead I feel like this allows me to keep in touch with more people than I ever have before (keeping them in site and in mind- facebook helps a ton!). So this, I hope, continues to help me to be more active in keeping in touch with others, even if most of it is through the computer!